Music Box Films will distribute Ira Sachs' "Keep the Lights On" throughout North America. The film debuted at Sundance 2012 and won Berlin's Teddy Award (the prize for best film with an LGBT theme). The film is headed to April's Tribeca Fest. Sachs' film is a semi-autobiographical relationship drama that "chronicles the emotionally and sexually charged journey through the love, addiction, and friendship of two men" (more in the synopsis below). The film stars Thure Lindhardt and Zachary Booth, as well as Julianne Nicholson ("Boardwalk Empire"), Souléymane Sy Savané ("Goodbye Solo") and Paprika Steen ("Applause"). Indiewire's Sundance review is here.
Ed Arentz, Managing Director of Music Box Films states: "Ira gets the big, little and difficult things right in 'Keep the Lights on': the thrill and evanescence of desire, the endurance of love, the unknowableness of others and the sense of time going by. His homage to legendary New York photographer and filmmaker James Bidgood is an added bonus."
Sachs produced with Marie Therese Guirgis and Lucas Joaquin, and he co-wrote the script with Mauricio Zacharias. Here's the synopsis:
KEEP THE LIGHTS ON is an honest, unflinching portrait of a relationship between two men in New York City. Despite meeting through a casual sexual encounter, documentary filmmaker Erik (Lindhardt) and closeted lawyer Paul (Booth) find a deeper connection and become bonded in an almost decade-long relationship defined by highs, lows and dysfunctional patterns. Through it all, Erik struggles to negotiate his own boundaries and dignity and to be true to himself.